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    Sale 7727

    Important English Furniture and Clocks

    4 June 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 72

    A GEORGE II SOLID MAHOGANY STOOL

    ATTRIBUTED TO WRIGHT AND ELWICK, CIRCA 1760

    Price Realised  

    A GEORGE II SOLID MAHOGANY STOOL
    ATTRIBUTED TO WRIGHT AND ELWICK, CIRCA 1760
    The rectangular padded seat covered in green and red foliate-patterned cut velvet above a serpentine apron carved with C-scrolls and centred on the front and reverse with acanthus, on cabriole legs headed by tied acanthus clasps, on scrolled feet with an acanthus cabochon, with batten-carrying holes
    17½ in. (44 cm.) high; 26 in. (66 cm.) wide; 21½ in. (55 cm.) deep


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    A stool of almost identical pattern and, like the present stool, executed in solid mahogany, was almost certainly supplied to Charles Powlett, 5th Duke of Bolton (d. 1765), either for Bolton Hall, Grosvenor Square or Hackwood, Hampshire. The stool was first recorded at Hackwood in 1905 and remained in the Bolton family collection until Hackwood and its contents were sold to William Berry, 1st Viscount Camrose in 1935. The stool was sold anonymously [Property of a Nobleman], Christie's, London, 8 July 1999, lot 61 (£84,000).

    A suite of seat-furniture of the same model is also recorded at Wentworth Woodhouse and also comprised a solid mahogany stool. A stool from that suite was sold by the late Countess Fitzwilliam, 'Wentworth', Christie's, London, 8 July 1998, lot 67 (£21,850) although its feet had been cut-down and parcel-gilding added. That two suites of seat-furniture of practically identical pattern were supplied to families with Yorkshire estates, suggest a local maker and at the time of the Wentworth sale in 1998, it was suggested that this pattern of suite supplied to both families was made by the Wakefield firm of Wright & Elwick.
    The Hackwood stool, formed part of a suite of seat-furniture with minor variations in its construction. The auction history of the various elements of both suites is discussed at length in the footnote to the Hackwood stool's catalogue entry when sold at Christie's, July 1999.

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